Ei Arakawa / Nora Schultz / Kasper König

 

2019

Ei Arakawa (Photo: Johnny Le), Nora Schultz (Photo: Dru Donovan), Kasper König (Photo: Stephen Wilks).
Ei Arakawa (1977, Fukushima, Giappone)

Ei Arakawa vive attualmente a New York. Realizza performance, sculture e installazioni, spesso elaborando opere ibride e multimediali all’interno di coreografie o derivanti da esse. Le sue complesse performance sono quasi sempre eventi collaborativi e sovvertono le convenzioni del genere, rompendo i confini tra pubblico e performer e producendo risultati spontanei. I suoi complessi progetti, che spesso includono lavori di altri artisti come fonti e svariati livelli di lettura, ridefiniscono le nozioni tradizionali di paternità autoriale, soggettività, contesto geografico e temporale, mentre si interrogano sulle politiche della collaborazione. Le recenti sperimentazioni di Arakawa con le forme del “musical” includono la messa in scena e coreografia di ricerche nel campo della storia dell’arte e la realizzazione di spettacolari “dipinti” formati da luci LED e suoni digitali.

Una selezione delle performance e delle mostre di Arakawa include: Kunstverein, Düsseldorf (2018); Sculpture Project, Münster (2017); Museo Ludwig, Colonia (2017); 9° Biennale di Berlino (2016); , Museo Brandhorst, Monaco (2015); Biennale di Gwangju (2014); Biennale di Whitney, New York (2014); Carnegie International, Pittsburgh (2013); Padiglione della Georgia, 55° Biennale di Venezia (2013); Tate Modern, Londra (2012); 30° Biennale di San Paulo (2012) e MoMA, New York (2012).

Nora Schultz (1975, Francoforte sul Meno, Germania)

Nora Schultz, laureata alla Städelschule, attualmente vive e lavora a Boston. Le sue opere sono installazioni scultoree che spesso includono video, suono e performance, elementi che si completano in maniera paritaria. Nel suo lavoro, materiali quotidiani, linguaggi, sistemi di scrittura e slittamenti culturali giocano un ruolo tanto importante quanto quello dell’osservazione e del coinvolgimento critico dello spazio espositivo e dell’autrice stessa. Grazie alle sue performance, Schultz si relaziona con la struttura dello spazio, realizzando grandi installazioni.

Le mostre personali includono: Renaissance Society, Chicago (2014); Portikus, Francoforte (2012); Kunstverein, Colonia (2009); e performance presso Whitney Museum, New York (2017); Tate Modern, Performance Room, Londra (2014); MoMA, New York (con Ei Arakawa, 2012). Il suo lavoro è stato incluso nello Skulptur Projekte Münster (2017); Some End of Things, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basilea (2013) e in Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language, MoMA, New York (2012).

Kasper König (1943, Mettingen, Germania)

Professore e Dottore Honoris Causa, König aveva appena 23 anni quando curò la mostra di Claes Oldenburg presso il Moderna Museet di Stoccolma. Dalla metà degli anni ‘60 alla fine dei ‘70 ha organizzato diverse mostre e pubblicato numerosi libri mentre viveva a New York e in Nova Scotia. Nel 1985 è diventato Professore presso l’Accademia di Belle Arti di Düsseldorf. Tre anni dopo ha accettato una cattedra presso la Städelschule di Francoforte, dove è stato Preside dal 1989 al 2000. In quello stesso periodo è stato Direttore e fondatore di Portikus, uno spazio espositivo a Francoforte. König ha organizzato numerose grandi esposizioni, tra cui Westkunst (1981) al Messehallen, Colonia; von hier aus (1984) al Messe, Düsseldorf; Der zerbrochene Spiegel (1993) con Hans Ulrich Obrist a Vienna e Amburgo. Insieme con Klaus Bußmann, ha dato vita e organizzato Skulptur Projekte Münster nel 1977 e nelle successive edizioni del 1987, 1997, 2007 e 2017. Dal 2000 al 2012 è stato Direttore del Museo Ludwig di Colonia. È stato inoltre curatore di Manifesta 10, San Pietroburgo (2014) e, di recente,  direttore artistico del Skulptur Projekte Münster 2017.


Ei Arakawa (b. 1977, Fukushima, Japan)
Ei Arakawa currently lives in New York. Arakawa works in performance, sculpture and installation, often elaborating hybrid and multimedia works which are situated within or spun off from live, choreographed events. His complex performance works are typically collaborative and subvert performative conventions by breaking the boundaries between audience and performer, resulting in spontaneous live actions. Sometimes incorporating other artists’ works as source material, his complex and multilayered projects rethink traditional notions of authorship, subjectivity, temporal and geographical context, while also interrogating the politics of collaboration.  Arakawa’s recent experimentations with the form of “musical theater” involve the staging and choreography of art historical research as well as the production of spectacular “paintings” made with LED lights and digital sound.
Arakwa’s selected performances and exhibitions include, Kunstverein Düsseldorf (2018), Sculpture Project Münster (June, 2017), Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2017), The 9th Berlin Biennale (2016), Museum Brandhorst, Monaco (2015), Gwangju Biennial (2014), Whitney Biennial, New York (2014), Carnegie International, Pittsburgh (2013), Pavilion of Georgia at the 55th International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia (2013), Tate Modern, London (2012), 30th São Paulo Biennial (2012), and The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2012).

Nora Schultz (b. 1975, Frankfurt/Main, Germany)
Nora Schultz graduated from Städelschule. She currently lives and works in Boston. Her artwork involves sculptural installations often including video, sound and performance as equal elements that complement one another. In the development of her work, everyday materials, language, writing systems and cultural displacements play just as much a role as the observation and critical involvement of the exhibition space and herself as a producer of the work. Via performative work she engages with the structures of the space, which she responds to with expansive installations.
Schultz realized solo exhibitions at The Renaissance Society, Chicago (2014), Portikus, Frankfurt (2012), and Kunstverein Cologne (2009); and performances at the Whitney Museum, New York (2017), Tate Modern, Performance Room (2014) and at MoMA, New York (with Ei Arakawa, 2012). Her work has been included in Skulptur Projekte Münster (2017), Some End of Things, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel (2013) and Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language at MoMA, New York (2012).

Kasper König (b. 1943, Mettingen, Germany)
Professor Dr. h.c. König was only twenty-three years old when he curated a Claes Oldenburg exhibition for the Moderna Museet in Stockholm. He organized several exhibitions and published numerous books while living in New York and Nova Scotia from the mid-1960s until the late 1970s. In 1985, König became Professor of Art and the Public at the Academy of Fine Arts in Düsseldorf. Three years later, he accepted a professorship at the Städelschule Frankfurt, where he served as president of this fine arts college from 1989 until 2000. During this same period he was Founding Director of the Portikus, an exhibition hall in Frankfurt. König has organized several large exhibitions, including Westkunst (1981) in the Messehallen, Cologne; von hier aus (1984) in the Messe, Düsseldorf; and Der zerbrochene Spiegel (1993) in Vienna and Hamburg with Hans Ulrich Obrist. Together with Klaus Bußmann, he co-initiated and organized the Skulptur Projekte Münster in 1977 with following editions in 1987, 1997, 2007 and 2017. From 2000 – 2012 he served as Director of the Museum Ludwig in Cologne. Kasper König was also Chief Curator of Manifesta 10, which took place in St. Petersburg in 2014 and recently served as Artistic Director of Skulptur Projekte Münster 2017.